This may be the most popular song you haven't heard. Written in 1922, it's been recorded by everyone from Gene Autry to Mario Lanza, and from Al Jolson to Stan Getz. Pay attention to the words. They may seem sappy on first listening, but after a while they'll grow on you. Baker opens with a muted solo that's nicely improvised yet captures enough of the original melody to familiarize you with the tune. He somehow seems to relate to "My Buddy," delivering the words with a feeling that's missing from a lot of what he sings. (Or am I imagining this?)
Track 8, "Time After Time"
A great jazz standard, this one by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, from still another cookie-cutter movie ("It Happened in Brooklyn") that disappeared without a trace. At 1:27, as Baker begins his trumpet solo, notice how he misses just slightly on the first note. This is the kind of thing that normally would be fixed afterwards in the studio, but leaving it in lends a nice, warm touch. It reminds us that these musicians are human, and what they produce can't be perfect. Jazz is "artisanal," to quote from the sign at the local bakery.
Best known as an immensely popular R&B hit by B.B. King, this song is taken at dirge-pace by Baker. The track features some not-to-be-missed over-dubbing, in which Baker accompanies his own voice on trumpet.
Personnel: Chet Baker: Vocals, Trumpet; Russ Freeman: Piano, Celesta; Carson
Smith:Bass; James Bond: Bass; Bob Neel: Drums; Lawrence Marable:
Drums; Peter Littman: Drums;
Title: Chet Baker Sings
| Year Released: 1998
| Record Label: Pacific Jazz Records
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound. After, my girlfriend and I just sauntered up the stairs to the green room to meet the
band. I posed for a picture with Joe, after talking a little bit about boxing and how to stay healthy while the other guys in the band tore through a bucket of fried